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Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia -
Subject: Best of the batch
Of all the copies of this show that are available, this is the best one. As for the content itself, I'll let the listener be the judge.
good show great sound thanks for letting us stream this one!
Subject: Really about a 3 1/2
Alright show but nothing out of this world. The band was a bit hit and miss throughout the show. The set 2 pre-drums segment was my favoutrite part of the show. Great run of songs with a really nice Crazy Fingers>Cumberland (They actually got the transition between the two songs pretty well which they don't always manage). Very decent Eyes as well.
nothing to stellar here like some of the standouts from 89, well played the way through, caught my eye cuz its got a great set list, overall a good show
Nice show. Great sound thanks to Mr. Miller. I know this stuff is subjective but I can't believe someone gave this or any 1989 show two stars.
Just to guard against being accused of having no frame of reference, I am a fan of Jerry and the Dead from all eras. For instance, on the exact dates during 2009 I have been listening to the 40th anniversary of 1969 shows, the 30th anniversary of JGB/Reconstruction 1979, and the 20th anniversary of 1989. In turn, I have listened so far to every show from 1989 up until this point (including many after) and am quite puzzled with everyone's adoration of 8/4/89.
I really do enjoy the next two nights of the run, but this one is simply not up to their standard for all time, or 1989. Jerry is absolutely not playing his best music throughout most of this show. He seems not so much lost, but uninspired – even tired. His poor dexterity is much more reminiscent of the last two carpel-tunnel afflicted years, to be quite honest. Phil & Brent alike are playing up to their standards. Unfortunately, the only tracks really worth coming back to in this show are the Space Jam -> The Wheel, Stella Blue, and Baby Blue … and I will quickly point out that each of these tracks are really outstanding. But notice how they are all pretty somber tunes. It just seems Jerry was not really in the mood to celebrate that night, for whatever reason, and his creativity and execution suffered because of it. Let us be honest – a Grateful Dead show cannot be a truly GREAT Grateful Dead show unless Jerry is adequately “present.” Two stars for being unimpressive, and just plain below the intensity average of 1989.
Wake of the Flood1 -
Subject: 20 years almost....
This will always be the pinnacle
of the Bands existence...It was the summer of 89' ...
1989 - 90'....just owning these songs
and making some of the best music ever
played in the history of mankind....
Dead Surfer -
Subject: Good as Alpine 89
This run is as good as Alpine in my opinion. The whole band sounds tight and this board sounds excellent.The second set of 8-6-89 is about as good as it gets in late 80's. It was my favorite venue.Very small outdoor and always had a good time there.
Subject: Right where Alpine left off
Overall: I don't understand why Alpine (two weeks earlier) gets so much hype (“best of 89”), while these shows get largely ignored. I think they pick up right where Alpine left off. The difference being mostly in that these recordings aren’t as perfect as those available for the Alpine shows. For instance, you can’t hear Phil as well here (which, granted, is a big difference). But I think performance-wise, these shows are right up there with Alpine (Jerry and Brent are particularly “on” for these shows). And where are the high quality AUDs of this show?? I’d love to be able to DL.
The scene: Tanner and I had come from Alpine and were planning to go to Yosemite for the time between the shows. But the bus broke down in Jackson, CA. We made it back up to Sacto and wound up hanging out there while the bus got fixed up – never made it to Yosemite. The scene at these shows was great. The whole back lot was open for camping, and there was (is) a water park adjacent to the Cal Expo – a great way to cool down, clean up, and have a bunch of pre-show fun. Inside, this place is tiny, by summer show standards. It’s set up like an indoor arena with seating all around the outside and then an open “floor,” but it’s small and outdoors. Lots of dirt/dust, if I remember correctly. I danced in one of the entranceways under the bleachers leading out to the “floor,” where there was plenty of space and decent sound.
The music: Great show. Top rate long first set. Nothing out of the ordinary song-wise, but everything is well played. Brent puts some real nice work into Never Trust (“leave this god-damn town” may be a little ode to Sacto being his hometown shows). Great jam in Cassidy – worth a listen, even if you don’t listen to the whole first set. Lots of good listening between band members. Smokin Deal. Great transition from Truckin into Wang Dang Doodle. Gorgeous Crazy Fingers. Check out Phil’s licks in Cumberland – well okay, check out Jerry’s too. Although they started taking Eyes to another level in late spring/summer 90, this one is really nice. Jerry and Phil just swirl around each other like it’s 73 all over – but the secret weapon here is that Brent wasn’t there in 73, and he’s got a few nice contributions. Stella, as others have noted, is really nice. Phil, after staying in the background for much of this show, drops some nice bombs near the end of Mags.